Common Sunscreen Application Mistakes Part 2

In our last blog, we discussed some common sunscreen application mistakes. Sunscreen is a wonderful skincare product that truly can help ward off sun damage and skin cancer, but it must be used correctly to do so. This post will discuss more common mistakes that are often made when applying sunscreen and how to avoid making them. If you get to the end of this blog and realize that you need to stock up on sunscreen, be sure to head over to Coral Isles’ website! Our reef-friendly sunscreen is also oxybenzone-free, making it the perfect choice for your summer activities. Order yours today!

 

Only Using Spray Sunscreen

While spray sunscreen is a great way to reapply after you’ve been outside for awhile, many people don’t use it correctly, causing sunburn and sun damage. It’s essential to rub it in once you’ve applied it and to make sure you’re not applying it to wet or sweaty skin. More importantly, don’t try spraying it when it’s windy outside, where the sunscreen could apply in a patchy manner.

 

Thinking a Tan or a Darker Skin Tone is Built-In Sun Protection

Even though a tan looks great in the summertime, it doesn’t ensure that your skin is immune to the sun’s harmful rays. The same goes for olive, tan, or dark skin tones. While a sunburn may not be a common occurance, sun damage definitely is, so it’s important for everyone to use a broad spectrum SPF of at least 30 every day.

 

Using a Moisturizer, BB Cream, or Foundation with SPF

While makeup and facial moisturizers with sunscreen in them can offer some sun protection, many people don’t apply enough for it to be as effective in the same way as sunscreen. This is especially true if the foundation or moisturizer only has SPF 15 or 20.

 

Applying Sunscreen to Wet or Damp Skin

It can be difficult to corral your kiddos once they’ve been playing in the pool for a sunscreen reapplication session, but it’s vital to ensure that all the pool or ocean water is wiped off before you apply more sunscreen. If the skin isn’t dry, the sunscreen can become diluted or even drip right off before it has a chance to soak in. Keep a couple extra pool towels around, and make sure that everyone is dry before reapplying.

 

Relying on Your Clothing for Sun Protection

Did you know that a cotton t-shirt typically only has a SPF of 5? This means that much of your skin is still being exposed to harmful UVA and UVB rays. If you’re planning a hike, fishing trip, or other outdoor excursion and know you’ll need plenty of SPF, purchase clothing specifically made with SPF and be sure to apply sunscreen on the parts of your body that aren’t protected by the clothing.

 

Applying sunscreen regularly can help to protect your skin from harmful sun damage and sunburn. Be sure you have plenty of reef-friendly sunscreen for all of your outdoor activities this summer and stock up on Coral Isles! Shop our website today!

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